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common tern

noun
1.
See under tern1 .

tern1

[turn] /tɜrn/
noun
1.
any of numerous aquatic birds of the subfamily Sterninae of the family Laridae, related to the gulls but usually having a more slender body and bill, smaller feet, a long, deeply forked tail, and a more graceful flight, especially those of the genus Sterna, as S. hirundo (common tern) of Eurasia and America, having white, black, and gray plumage.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Danish terne or Norwegian terna; cognate with Old Norse therna
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British Dictionary definitions for common tern

tern1

/tɜːn/
noun
1.
any aquatic bird of the subfamily Sterninae, having a forked tail, long narrow wings, a pointed bill, and a typically black-and-white plumage: family Laridae (gulls, etc), order Charadriiformes
Word Origin
C18: from Old Norse therna; related to Norwegian terna, Swedish tärna

tern2

/tɜːn/
noun
1.
a three-masted schooner
2.
(rare) a group of three
Word Origin
C14: from Old French terne, from Italian terno, from Latin ternī three each; related to Latin ter thrice, trēs three
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Word Origin and History for common tern

tern

n.

gull-like shore bird (subfamily Sterninae), 1670s, via East Anglian dialect, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish terne, Swedish tärna, Færoese terna) related to Old Norse þerna "tern," cognate with Old English stearn "starling."

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Slang definitions & phrases for common tern

tern

noun

An intern (1970s+ Medical)


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